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London Olympics 2012: Boxers Vijender Kumar, Jai Bhagwan storm into pre-quarters

first_imgVijender Kumar Beniwal has time and again talked of wanting to improve on his Beijing Olympics bronze medal. On Friday night, egged on by a decent crowd, the Indian hero registered a comprehensive 14:10 win against Kazakhstan’s Danabek Sukhanov to enter the 75kg category pre-quarter finals.The name of the boxing arena in London is called ‘Excel.’ If Vijender wanted to gain inspiration from it, he did so as he won his bout with a good mixture of measured tactics and sound technique.In the first round, Vijender sized up his opponent well and the hard right-hander in the final seconds helped him take a 5:4 lead.In the second round, the Indian role model and the Kazakh pugilist stayed in the centre of the ring. Again, towards the closing stages of the round, Vijender had a left upper cut to gain the lead.Once into the decider, Vijender did look a bit tired. But having garnered so much experience in these four years post Beijing, he did nothing in a rush of blood and won his bout comfortably.National coach GS Sandhu said: “It was a tough opening bout and Vijender boxed cautiously. In the first round, he led by a point and repeated the same in the second round.””Yes, Vijender’s experience is very useful but let us not forget these are the Olympics and the world’s best are competing,” added Sandhu.Later, Vijender said: “I am happy to win the first round and have given the team a good start. It’s now on to the next challenge,” said the 26-year-old.Vijender will now take on Terrell Gausha of USA in the pre-quarters on August 2.Gausha got the better of Andranik Hukobyan of Armenia in the opening round with referee stopping contest.The story of Gausha is a fascinating one. As one who made it to the American team at the last minute, he is respected by his federation.”I think Gausha is a very talented boxer with great skill and a technical mindset,” Anthony Bartkowski, the executive director of USA Boxing has said.”So there’s very little we needed to do with him in that regard. Now it’s just harnessing all that energy,” added Bartowski.At age 20, Gausha had chucked boxing and got married and had a kid. But the way he has bounced back after four years has been incredible.This time around, USA Boxing decided that they were not going to pick boxers for the Olympics on automatic qualification and have trials. And that’s how Gausha, who stands at five feet and 10 inches made the grade.advertisementJai Bhagwan storms into pre-quartersCommonwealth Games bronze medallist Jai Bhagwan (60kg) moved into the pre-quarterfinals as he got past Allisop Andrique of Seychelles on Sunday afternoon.Jai Bhagwan used his height and reach and was not bothered by the big occasion. Competing in the Olympics for the first time, the 26-year-old Indian showed court craft and technical superiority.In the first game, he opened up a quick 7:3 lead and in the second he registered a same score with smart punches.Once into the last round, Bhagwan still looked energetic as he used offence and defence for an 18:8 win.Bhagwan knows his next round opponent as well when he faces Gani Zhailauov from Kazakhstan. Coach Sandhu said Bhagwan had lost to the same boxer in the AIBA world championship quarter-finals.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 0

One more year to be added to DU degree, undergraduate courses to be four-year long

first_imgWhen undergraduate students join Delhi University next year, their courses will not just be longer by a year but probably better too. The varsity has decided to make a new curriculum for all undergraduate courses for the session starting July 2013.DU says a new hands-on curriculum is on the cards which will replace the existing syllabi for the first year. Though time is scarce, senior DU officials say they will get cracking before the end of this month so that the four-year undergraduate programmes can usher in a new study culture in the university when the next session begins.”What’s taught today is too didactic and rigorous. We want to give students time to evolve through their college course,” said a senior DU official who will be working on the course framework for next year.DU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dinesh Singh, said: “We want a new curriculum to be taught in the first year from the next session. It will offer students more time and opportunities to work on projects, innovation and research. The students will have time to think about what they want to study. We are also looking at making the theory part less hectic.” With only nine months to go before the next session begins, Singh said groups of teachers will soon start working on developing a new course for all undergraduate programmes. “We will be able to frame a new curriculum for the first year by next year. We can then take time to develop content for subsequent years as we go along,” he added.advertisementClick here to EnlargeThe fact that there are nearly 80 undergraduate courses taught in different DU colleges makes the task more daunting. But Singh feels that the four-year programmes will bring an end to all academic woes.One of the highlights of the proposed scheme is that students will be awarded credit points for different papers as well as co-curricular activities. So if a student excels in a sport, he can seek credit for it and avoid studying for a paper. Secondly, students will have three exit options over the four-year duration. They will get a diploma if they choose to exit after two years, a general degree after three years and a degree equivalent to the existing honours degree on the completion of the course.Teachers, however, are apprehensive. They believe DU is rushing the changes without proper preparation. “We have no information of the curriculum change. We talk of being student friendly but those taking admission next year will have no clue about what is in store for them,” said Sanam Khanna, associate professor, Kamala Nehru College.She said that a new curriculum is adopted after much discussion and debate among teachers in general body meetings as well as course committees. “It’s a laborious process that takes a lot of time. Besides, we have to stock up our library and prepare our teaching material accordingly,” Khanna said.A teacher from Shri Ram College of Commerce was as cynical. “Will students get more jobs after studying for four years? Will they be considered better-qualified? DU officials have no idea of the problems at the grass-root level. I think it’s time they focused on quality and appointment of teachers,” he said.last_img read more

November 28, 2019 0

Nothing Short of Masterclass: Twitter Celebrates PV Sindhu’s History World Championships Win

first_img badmintonbwf world championshipsNozomi OkuharaPV Sindhu First Published: August 25, 2019, 6:59 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. PV Sindhu created history as she became the first Indian to win a gold medal at BWF World Championships 2019 with a dominating win against 2017 gold medallist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.Sindhu thrashed Okuhara 21-7, 21-7 in just 38 minutes to win the title in her third attempt. Sindhu had been in the final of World Championships for the last two years as well, where she lost to Okuhara and Carolina Marin. Sindhu executed her game plan to perfection as she outmanouvered Okuhara and made her run all across the court to create opportunities for herself. Sindhu targetted the deep forehand court of Okuhara and left for herself the entire court to play with.Okuhara, on the other hand, struggled to come up with the answers to Sindhu’s aggressive play and looked completely clueless for the entirety of the match.South Korean Kim Ji Hyun seems to have worked her magic on Sindhu’s game as the Indian is now playing with a lot more variety and is not depending on her opponents to make errors.This World Championships, Sindhu has looked to take the initiative at all times and has stuck to playing a solid all-court game to make the best of her smashing abilities.The World Championships gold is Sindhu’s first title victory in 2019 and it has come on the biggest of stages, apart from Olympics, in the world of badminton.After winning the gold, Sindhu dedicated her victory to her mother and wished her a happy birthday. Later, Sindhu’s family was seen celebrating the big win at home.Hyderabad: Family of PV Sindhu celebrates after she became the first Indian to win BWF World Championships gold medal in Basel, Switzerland. #Telangana— ANI (@ANI) August 25, 2019Twitter went abuzz with Sindhu’s dominant display and top personalities from all walks of life congratulated the Indian for her remarkable victory.Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju congratulated Sindhu for “bringing glory to India” while Badminton Association of India president Himanta Biswa Sarma was “thrilled with joy”.. @Pvsindhu1 creates #history by becoming 1st Indian ever to win at the World #Badminton C’ships.She beat Japan’s @nozomi_o11 21-7, 21-7 in the women’s singles final, held today. @KirenRijiju congratulates the World Champion for bringing glory to India.— Kiren Rijiju Office (@RijijuOffice) August 25, 2019 Incredible!Congratulations @Pvsindhu1 on winning the #BadmintonWorldChampionships by beating Nazomi Okuhara of Japan in a stunning game.This is a historic moment for all of us. I am thrilled with joy. India is proud.#PVSindhu— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 25, 2019 Sunil Chhetri was in absolute awe of Sindhu’s performance while former badminton player Jwala Gutta hoped that Sindhu’s victory can change the country’s attitude towards sports.That was nothing short of a masterclass from @Pvsindhu1. Congratulations, World Champion! ??#BWFWorldChampionships2019— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) August 25, 2019 Hope this medal changes the attitude towards sports in our country and the deserving sportspersons get all the support to achieve this kind of a feat!Thank you @Pvsindhu1 for this! ??You only proved that with the right kind of support we can conquer the world????— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 25, 2019 Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Congress also had words of praise for Sindhu’s historic victory.Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 on becoming the first Indian to win the #BWFWorldChampionships. You make every Indian proud. Keep winning????? ??????? ?????? ????? ??????????? ????? ????? ???? @Pvsindhu1 ?? ????????? ???? ??? ?? ????? ???????? ??????? ????? ????*— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 25, 2019 Many Many Congratulations! @Pvsindhu1 – the world badminton champion.. The greatest moment for India..— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 25, 2019 Congratulations to @Pvsindhu1 on becoming the first Indian to win the BWF World Championships gold medal. You have made your nation proud.— Congress (@INCIndia) August 25, 2019 Cricketers VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh also applauded Sindhu’s inspirational performance.Congrats @Pvsindhu1 on winning the Gold medal at #BWFWorldChampionships2019 Great exhibition of skill, fitness and mental strength to defeat Japan’s Okuhara in such an emphatic fashion. Proud of you.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 25, 2019 Congratulations PV Sindhu 1st indian to win Gold @Pvsindhu1 keep inspiring ??????????— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 25, 2019 Noted actress and Premier Badminton League’s Pune franchise owner Taapsee Pannu was also elated with Sindhu’s victory and said, “Finally!!!!! Ladies and gentlemen , let’s welcome the new world champion @Pvsindhu1 !!!!! It’s THE GOLD finally!!!!!!”Finally!!!!! Ladies and gentlemen , let’s welcome the new world champion @Pvsindhu1 !!!!! It’s THE GOLD finally!!!!!! ????????????????????????????????????????#BWFWorldChampionships2019— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) August 25, 2019 This has to be the most commanding performance by an Indian athlete, certainly in living memory. 21-7, 21-7. What a star @Pvsindhu1. Great moment for Indian sport. What a day. Proud.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 25, 2019 Devastating display of aggression by @Pvsindhu1 to beat Okuhara in straight games. Supreme level of fitness and skill. Congrats Sindhu. After 4 medals, no one deserves a BWF World Championship Gold medal more than you. So proud to support you @OGQ_India @Media_SAI @BAI_Media— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 25, 2019 History !!! First INDIAN to win Gold in the World championship. What a player !!! #Respect #PVSindhu #ProudIndian #BWFWorldChampionships #Sindhu— Uthappa SK (@Uthappask) August 25, 2019 भारत की स्टार बैडमिंटन खिलाड़ी पीवी सिंधु को वर्ल्ड बैडमिंटन चैम्पियनशिप जीतने पर बहुत बहुत बधाई। फाइनल में जापान की नोजोमी ओकुहारा को हराकर आप इस टूर्नामेंट के 42 साल के इतिहास में चैम्पियन बनने वाली पहली भारतीय बन गईं हैं। आपकी इस उपलब्धि पर पूरे देश को गर्व है। @Pvsindhu1— Ram Vilas Paswan (@irvpaswan) August 25, 2019 Incredible Journey2014 World Championship-2016 Olympics-2017 World Championship-2018 World Championship-2018 Asian Games-2018 Commonwealth-2018 World Tour Finals-2019 World Championship-Congrats Champ @Pvsindhu1 You are an Inspiration#PVSindhu— സാഗർ കോട്ടപ്പുറം (@Abram_Khureshi) August 25, 2019 World, Meet the new World Champion, P V Sindhu, from India ❤️❤️#PVSindhu— Amit (@SurbhiJadmirer) August 25, 2019 Congratulations PV Sindhu – World Women’s champion! Masterclass. Haven’t seen a more flawless performance than this. #PVSindhu #BWFWorldChampionships2019— Shikhar (@shikharskr) August 25, 2019 last_img read more

November 26, 2019 0

Wimbledon: Marin Cilic reaches quarters after injured Kei Nishikori quits

first_imgCroatian ninth seed Marin Cilic reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the third year running after Kei Nishikori quit with a rib injury midway through their fourth round match on Monday.Nishikori was trailing 6-1, 5-1 when he decided to follow the advice of his coach Michael Chang, who could be heard saying “Don’t push it, it’s not worth it.”The Japanese fifth seed, who swallowed a pill given by the trainer at the previous change of ends, shook his head at the umpire to indicate he could not longer continue before going up to Cilic to shake hands.”It was too much pain I could not really compete today. Every point I played it got worse. I did not want to but I had to retire,” Nishikori told a news conference.CILIC HITS PEAK FORMCilic’s serving was on fire during the first set as he blasted down 12 aces, including four in the first game, and dropped only two points on serve.He won 26 out of 33 points contested as Nishikori surrendered the set in only 16 minutes.The 2014 U.S. Open champion, who beat his Japanese rival in Flushing Meadows to win his only grand slam title, could not keep up the same intensity in the second set as Nishikori broke back to level at 1-1.But from then on Nishikori failed to win a game and, after dropping serve for the third time in the set, with a double fault, he could not hide his despair.While Chang, the 1989 French Open champion, indicated with his hands to ‘cut it’, Nishikori covered his eyes before burying his head under a towel as he slumped into his chair.advertisementWhen the trainer came on court and handed a pill to Nishikori, it was clear that Asia’s number one player was injured and one game later it was all over as muted applause greeted Cilic’s passage into the last eight.last_img read more

November 25, 2019 0

9 times Kate Middleton repeated her outfits and still killed it

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November 19, 2019 0

Ohio State Football Has Landed Another 2019 Commitment

first_imgA closeup of an Ohio State buckeyes football helmet.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 03: Ohio State Buckeyes helmets sit in the endzone prior to the Discover Orange Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Ohio State football added to its top-10 class this afternoon. The Buckeyes just picked up a commitment.Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven three-star tight end Cormontae Hamilton announced his commitment to OSU moments ago. Hamilton is the 15th pledge for the Buckeyes in the 2019 cycle.Hamilton was offered by Ohio State last month after he attended a camp in Columbus.He announced his decision on Twitter.I am 100% committed to The ?️hio State University #GoBucks ?️— Cormontae Hamilton⚡️ (@Cbvndzzz) July 27, 2018Hamilton also holds offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee and others.He is the 30th-ranked tight end in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Ohio State’s full list of 2019 commitments can be found here.last_img read more

October 26, 2019 0

The Puma X Stampd Capsule Collection Pushes the Boundaries of Streetwear

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials West Skincare Is the Best New Grooming Product Line for Active Guys Huckberry’s New Clothing Line, Wellen, Is All About Sustainable Style The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About In 2011 Chris Stamp invented Stampd with the idea that the label “represents contemporary luxury that embraces modern youth culture while retaining iconic styling cues.” The West Coast luxury streetwear label went on to be a huge success, winning Stamp the GQ award in 2015 for Best New Menswear Designer in America. Meanwhile, Puma has been at the forefront of athletic footwear and apparel for the last 65 years. Puma and STAMPD recently joined forces for fall for the PUMA x Stampd capsule collection. According to the labels, “The footwear collection from PUMA x Stampd encapsulates the nature of this collaboration, combining the development of classic sportswear with the creation of new innovative streetwear. Stampd has included key silhouettes such as the R698 along side developing a new shoe entirely, the Trinomic Sock. The R698 x Stampd is a perfect mix of PUMA performance technologies and iconic running heritage, featuring rich soft leathers and an embossed Stampd logo at the tongue.”The apparel collection “is a collection of classic and pure statement pieces that consistently push the boundaries of streetwear. Staple colours such as grey, black and white occur throughout this range pulling focus towards the impressive design and forward thinking features.”Look out for pieces like the Stampd Tech shorts and Tech leggings, both of which were constructed with yoke paneling and have a hidden back pocket with embroidered hidden eyelets. There’s also a reversible Stampd down jacket, a logo tee, and a nylon vest that combine the functionality of sports apparel with Stampd’s signature style. It’s like the past met up with the present to make a line of clothing that is totally futuristic!For more information, visit Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

Mangalia Shipyard Starts Operations Under Damen Brand

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Damen Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group has completed the acquisition of the stake in Mangalia shipyard in Romania from Korean shipbuilding giant Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).The transaction was faced with several hurdles since its signing in November 2017.DSME owned 51% of the shares in the yard, formerly known as Daewoo Mangalia Heavy Industries (DMHI), and the Romanian government the remaining 49%.However, the government was blocking the agreement between Damen and Daewoo for several months as it wanted to exercise its pre-emptive right through its shareholding in Santierul Naval 2 Mai SA Mangalia.On March 21, 2018, negotiations between Damen and the Romanian government on DMHI were completed. The state decided to waive its pre-emptive right to acquire the stake owned by DSME under one condition. Specifically, Damen will have to assign 2% of the 51% share bought from Daewoo.With this agreement, the Romanian government is becoming the majority shareholder in DMHI with 51% stake in the yard and Damen will hold the remaining 49% stake, Romanian Ministry of Economy said.The yard, which will be renamed Damen Shipyards Mangalia, will be operated as a joint venture with the Romanian Government, with Damen assuming operational control.The yard is located on the Black Sea coast, has three drydocks with a total length of 982 metres and 1.6 kilometres of berthing space. The docks, with a width of 48 and 60 metres, will provide Damen with capacity to cater for larger maritime vessels and structures.Damen described the acquisition as a strategic move as the yard will complement Damen’s current shipyard portfolio, with the possibility for the construction and conversion of larger, high-end, and complex ferries, offshore construction vessels, etc. The yard’s total area of approximately 1 million m2 makes it the largest yard in the Damen Shipyards Group.To signify its first day of operations at Damen Shipyards Mangalia in Romania, Damen held a ceremony at the yard on Monday, July 23.The celebration introduced the Damen Shipyards Mangalia management team under the leadership of managing director Chris Groninger to the yard’s employees.“We will face a challenging period, considering the yard’s current condition. However, with the full support of the Romanian Government, 2MMS, the shipyard’s experienced workforce, and the local community, Damen aims to restore the financial health of the yard, stabilize employment and pursue fitting commercial opportunities internationally that will contribute to rebuilding activity levels. In the meantime, Damen will facilitate a smooth transition and keep talented and skilled resources meaningfully employed,” Damen Shipyards Group executive board member Eggink, CFO, said.last_img read more

October 23, 2019 0

Alpha Adriatic Banks Detain Croatian Tanker in Malaysia

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Creditors have detained in Malaysia one of the tankers owned by Croatian shipping company Alpha Adriatic, former Uljanik Plovidba.As informed, the 52,725 dwt Pomer was seized as collateral by a syndicate of banks led by Credit Suisse at the Port of Tanjung Pelepas on September 28, 2019.With this move, the international banking syndicate has decided to stop the ongoing refinancing talks, prompting the shipping company to apply for pre-bankruptcy proceedings.On September 29, the supervisory board of Alpha Adriatic “decided to launch pre-bankruptcy proceedings, along with a restructuring plan based on and in line with agreements reached so far regarding a possible settlement with existing creditors,” the company said in a statement.Alpha Adriatic added that a new, undisclosed foreign creditor had already signed an indicative offer to refinance the loan provided by the abovementioned banking syndicate. A binding offer for loan refinancing is expected to be received on October 4, according to the company.The company further said that legal and financial consultants are working on the case involving the 2011-built Pomer.Alpha Adriatic currently has a fleet of eight vessels comprising four bulkers and four tankers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

October 23, 2019 0

Enhancing Experiences for Visitors to Nova Scotia

first_img From hiking the trails in Inverness to watching historicalcharacters perform in Yarmouth, many new experiences awaitvisitors to Nova Scotia in 2005. Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Rodney MacDonald announcedtoday, Jan. 11, that a total of $138,765 will support tourismprojects across the province. This investment comes from thedepartment’s Tourism Development Investment Fund. Over the lastyear, the fund has invested more than $474,826 in 35 projectsacross Nova Scotia. “Offering new and exciting experiences is a great way to attractvisitors to the province,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister ofTourism, Culture and Heritage. “It also helps us to stay one stepahead in today’s competitive tourism market.” The Inverness County Trans Canada Trail Federation will receive$52,000 to complete the development of the Trans Canada Trailbetween Port Hastings and Inverness. The project will focus ontrail bed development, creating new look-offs and rest-stops, andcompleting six bridges. Upon completion, there will be acontinuous, 92-kilometre coastal trail linking Port Hastings andInverness. “This funding will enable us to complete a coastal trail that issafe, scenic and lasting in Inverness County,” said BlaiseMacEachern, federation committee member. “The infrastructureimprovements will enhance the trail experience for residents andvisitors alike.” The Cumberland Regional Economic Development Association (CREDA)received $60,000 to support its efforts to have Joggins FossilCliffs named a world heritage site by the United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “This is a significant project which has the potential to drawvisitors from around the world to the Joggins area,” said RhondaKelly, executive director, CREDA. “It also will help us build onour international status of having the oldest reptile fossils inNorth America.” The new tourism projects meet the strategic priorities outlinedin the annual tourism plan, says Patricia Lyall, vice-chair ofthe Tourism Partnership Council. “The projects also will help usto build on our strengths and realize the province’s fullpotential as a world-class tourism destination.” Information on the Tourism Development Investment Fund isavailable from the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage bycalling 902-424-3908, or by visiting the Tourism PartnershipCouncil website at . TOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Enhancing Experiences for Visitorsto Nova Scotialast_img read more

October 22, 2019 0

Shelburne Registry of Motor VehiclesLand Registration Offices Closed March 26

first_imgThe Registry of Motor Vehicles and the Land Registration offices in the Shelburne municipal building at 136 Hammond St., will be closed Wednesday, March 26. The Municipality of Shelburne has closed the offices because of the predicted storm. Both offices will open on Thursday, March 27 for regular business. Online services are available at -30-last_img

October 22, 2019 0

TMC delegation on way to meet Sonbhadra victims families detained

first_imgVaranasi: A TMC delegation was detained at the airport here on Saturday when it was going to meet families of victims of the Sonbhadra clash in which 10 people were gunned down this week over a land dispute, party MP Derek O’Brien said. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) team comprises O’Brien, MP and leader of the delegation Sunil Mondal and MP Abir Ranjan Biswas. The detention of the team comes a day after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained and stopped in Mirzapaur district from going to Sonbhadra to meet those injured in the incident and the victims’ families. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “Trinamool Parliamentary delegation detained at Varanasi airport. ADM,SP have not told us under which section.( Doing as told from topmost ).We have told them that we will cooperate,wish to meet injured & then proceed to Sonbhadra to meet & give confidence to grieving families (sic),” O’Brien tweeted. “We were stopped by police at the Varanasi airport while we were going to Sonbhadra to meet the victims.There is no violation of Section144 as we are less in number,” he said. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat The delegation arrived in Varanasi to meet the injured at the hospital here and then proceed to Sonbhadra to meet and give confidence to the grieving families, O’Brien said. The TMC delegation was scheduled to return by an evening flight after their visit to Sonbhadra. The party had announced Friday that a team of its MPs will visit on Saturday the families of the Sonbhadra clash victims in Uttar Pradesh. The decision assumes significance due to the intensified political bickering and violence between the TMC and the BJP since the Lok Sabha elections in which the saffron party made significant inroads in West Bengal. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee had attacked each other during the election campaign in the eastern state. The BJP has emerged as the main opponent of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal ever since the saffron party won 18 of the 42 seats in the state in this Lok Sabha polls up from two seats it had won in 2014. Ten people were killed and 28 injured in the clash between supporters of village head Yagya Dutt and Gond tribals over a piece of land in Sonbhadra’s Ghorawal area on Wednesday. Dutt’s supporters allegedly opened fire on the tribals. Twenty-nine people, including Dutt and his brother, were arrested. Prohibitory orders are in force in Ghorawal area in Sonbhadra district and a thorough checking of vehicles is on to monitor the movement of people.last_img read more

October 20, 2019 0

Ontario man pleads guilty in Air Canada flight disruption case

first_imgAn Ontario man who pleaded guilty in a case involving a dramatic disturbance on an Air Canada flight is now facing the prospect of up to two decades behind bars.Brandon Courneyea’s admission of interference with a flight attendant, entered last month in an Orlando, Fla., courtroom, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a US$250,000 fine.The charge related to Courneyea’s conduct aboard an Air Canada flight that was bringing him home from a brief vacation in Jamaica in May.“Defendant is pleading guilty because defendant is in fact guilty,” reads the plea agreement filed in the case. “Were this case to go to trial, the United States would be able to prove those specific facts and others beyond a reasonable doubt.”Courneyea’s troubles began on May 15 shortly before boarding the Air Canada flight from Montego Bay to Toronto.His wife previously told the Canadian Press her husband had taken a tropical vacation at her urging, but moved up his plans to return home after allegedly receiving death threats.According to court documents, Courneyea took an undisclosed quantity of cocaine before getting on the plane.Once on board, his plea agreement shows he quickly came to the attention of flight attendants when he began disrupting the flight.The document said Courneyea yelled at people for looking at him, threw paper at one of his fellow passengers, and moved erratically through the aircraft without shoes on.When flight crew tried to get him to return to his seat, the document said he went to the back of the plane and began swinging a hot coffee pot at passengers and crew.Courneyea then tried to open the aircraft cabin door, telling those in his vicinity that “it would only take one guy to take the plane down and that he wanted to take everyone with him,” according to his plea agreement.Courneyea then seized another full coffee pot and went after staff before passengers and crew subdued him and bound him to his seat using zip ties, court documents said.The flight was diverted to Orlando, where Courneyea was arrested and taken into custody.Court documents show he spent several days in a hospital for undisclosed reasons before making his first appearance before a judge.Court documents also indicate a Florida judge had agreed to release Courneyea on $125,000 bail and allow him to return to Canada in the weeks prior to his guilty plea, but that he remained in custody.The judge noted that Courneyea, a drywaller living in Amhurstview, Ont., was the father of five children, two with special needs, who Courneyea’s wife is currently caring for alone.Courneyea’s wife declined to comment on the guilty plea, but had previously expressed shock at her husband’s actions.“That is not my husband at all,” Amanda Courneyea said in the days after his arrest. “There’s a lot more to what brought that on, because my husband is the kindest, most loving man you’ll ever meet.”Florida-based lawyer Corey Cohen, who represents Courneyea, did not elaborate on why his client had remained in custody or the reasons behind the guilty plea.Cohen said Courneyea’s sentencing is currently set for Sept. 11.Records show Courneyea brought a motion seeking to postpone the sentencing by a week because of the nature of the charges against him and the significance of the sentencing date. The motion was denied.last_img read more

October 17, 2019 0

Head of Quebec provincial police suspended as criminal allegation probed

first_imgQUEBEC — The head of Quebec’s provincial police has been temporarily suspended following an allegation he committed criminal offences.Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault said Martin Prud’homme was removed from his duties today pending an investigation. She has named the police force’s deputy director, Mario Bouchard, as his interim replacement.Head of @sureteduquebec has been removed from duty after public safety minister was alerted to criminal allegations against him. Martin Prud’homme was brought in as Montreal’s interim police chief after scandals rocked the SPVM of evidence fabrication and spying on journalists.— Andrew Brennan (@ACJBrennan) March 6, 2019Guilbault would not give details of the nature of the allegation or say when the offences are alleged to have occurred.She says the investigation will be conducted by Quebec’s police watchdog.Guilbault says Prud’homme has not been arrested and benefits from the presumption of innocence.Prud’homme recently returned to the provincial police after one year as interim chief of Montreal’s police force. He was brought in to deal with internal turmoil in that organization.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 17, 2019 0

Poor state of African roads keeping the continent poor UN advocate says

22 February 2008The sorry state of much of Africa’s transport and communication networks is holding the continent back and preventing its countries from competing on the global market, the United Nations advocate for the world’s poorest States has told the World Bank. In an address a meeting at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington, the UN Special Adviser on Africa, Cheick Sidi Diarra said road transport – which accounts for 90 per cent of inter-urban transport in Africa – was particularly poor.Less than a third of Africa’s estimated two million kilometres of roads are paved, Mr. Diarra noted, and transport costs comprise as much as 77 per cent of the value of African exports.“There is an urgent need for supporting African countries to develop affordable transport systems that would promote trade expansion, economic growth and competitiveness,” he said, especially in landlocked countries.Mr. Diarra, who also serves as the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, said cumbersome border crossing procedures only further exacerbated the problems for landlocked nations.“Because of such realities, landlocked developing countries find themselves among the poorest developing countries today, beset with anaemic growth rates and deteriorating social conditions. The widening development gap between landlocked developing countries, especially those in Africa and the rest of the developing world, is a clear and unmistakable trend,” he added.He called for donor-supported public funding to boost or upgrade Africa’s stocks of roads, buildings and other forms of infrastructure so that it can better compete and work towards the globally agreed set of socio-economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). read more

October 12, 2019 0

Protests as Shiranthi Rajapaksa appears before CID

Protests were staged outside the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today as former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa appeared to make a statement.Shiranthi Rajapaksa was summoned before the CID to be questioned over the murder of rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 with his car found crashed into a wall. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. However suspicions arose later after it was reported that there could have been a political connection in the death of Thajudeen. (Colombo Gazette) read more

October 8, 2019 0

Ahead of Geneva talks UN envoy addresses all Syrians in video message

“My message today is meant to reach every single man, woman, child of Syria, inside Syria and outside, in the refugee camps, or wherever you are,” Special UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in a video recording. “We count on you to raise your voice, to say khalas, it is enough, to say to everyone who is actually coming – from Syria and from abroad – to this conference that there are expectations on them to make sure that their vision, their capacity of compromise in discussion for reaching a peaceful solution in Syria is now, and they need to produce that,” he said.“You have seen enough conferences, two of them already taken place. This one cannot fail. We’ve heard your voices, we heard when you have been telling us so many times wherever we met you, you Syrian people, you women, men and children of Syria, saying: Enough, ‘khalas, kefaya,’ enough killing, murdering, torturing, prisons.”When he sent out the invitations to the talks on Tuesday, Mr. de Mistura said he was under no illusions about the difficulties in ending a war that has killed more than 250,000 people, sent over 4 million fleeing the country, displaced 6.5 million internally, and put 13.5 million people inside the country in urgent need of humanitarian aid. The refrain has so often been “enough,” he said in his video message today, enough buildings destroyed, enough bombing of cities, enough being humiliated and becoming a refugee and drowning in the Mediterranean.“All this we have heard. Now we need to hear your voice to everyone who is coming to this conference, and saying this conference must be an opportunity not to be missed,” he declared. “We are going not to disappoint you from the UN point of view. You know we will never abandon the Syrian people, but we need now you to feel that this time is the right one, we will do all what we can,” he underscored.Mr. de Mistura has said the Geneva meetings will start with proximity talks and are expected to last for six months, with Government and opposition delegations sitting in separate rooms and UN officials shuttling between them, with the immediate priorities being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).The talks stem from an agreement reached in Vienna in November by the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries including the United States and Russia, as part of an effort to end the war with an agreement on new governance, a new constitution and new elections. read more

October 2, 2019 0

UN rights chief appeals to India and Pakistan for full and unhindered

“It is unfortunate that our sincere attempts to independently assess the facts in relation to reports of human rights violations have failed,” Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a news release.He deeply regretted that their requests for access have not been granted, especially given the seriousness of the allegations of the use of excessive force, allegations of state sponsorship of violence, as well as the number of people killed and the very large number of people injured, the continuing unrest and the almost daily reports of violence in the region.The High Commissioner has been engaging with both Indian and Pakistani authorities since the latest outbreak of violence in early July, and has sought access for a team to visit both Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered regions to independently and thoroughly investigate and verify allegations of violations of international law to establish accurate facts, particularly given the conflicting and competing claims on both sides. “We requested full and unhindered access to the affected population, to interview a variety of individuals on the ground, including victims, witnesses, security forces, and with access to relevant documentation,” said Mr. Zeid.He stressed that such access would enable them to provide an independent and fact-based analysis of the situation, which is so crucial in volatile, politically-charged situations. “Without access, we can only fear the worst,” said the UN rights chief, reiterating the request for access to the area. read more

October 2, 2019 0

Moral dilemma  Brock research examines why people choose to buy counterfeit products

Most people know that buying counterfeit knock-offs of luxury products is unethical and even illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the soaring demand for cheap fakes of high-end brands of shoes, golf clubs, perfume, clothes, sunglasses and countless other consumer items.The manufacture and sale of fake brands is a $1.77-trillion global industry, and it shows no signs of slowing down.New research by Kai-Yu Wang, associate professor of marketing at Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, looks at what motivates people to intentionally purchase counterfeit products even when the act doesn’t align with their personal morals.“The demand for counterfeit luxury brands is robust and growing, although the consumption of counterfeit goods is viewed as unethical,” says Wang. “If saving money is the main reason for counterfeit goods consumption, why don’t consumers simply choose cheaper generic brands instead?”The research shows that beyond the obvious money-saving tactic, people are motivated to buy counterfeit items by wanting to enhance their self-image and because they enjoy the “thrill of the hunt” or feeling as though they are part of a “secret society” of discerning shoppers who know just where and how to spot good deals on luxury brand knock-offs.“We also wanted to find out how consumers cope with cognitive dissonance associated with their unethical counterfeit consumption behaviour,” says Wang.Counterfeit luxury in hand, consumers may feel guilty after their purchase but deal with these feelings by denying responsibility or by identifying with loyalty to something else — for example, reasoning that they actually prefer the counterfeit design to the real thing.The research also shows that people who buy counterfeit items do not get embarrassed or feel ashamed of their purchase, but instead can experience these feelings if their deception is exposed to their social circles.Through in-depth interviews with counterfeit-savvy consumers, Wang and his co-authors discovered a range of personal morals — from recognizing the damage they were doing to the brand to rationalizing that the fakes were good for the brand, embodying the saying “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”The study, co-authored with colleagues Xuemei Bian, University of Kent, Andrew Smith, Nottingham University Business School, and Natalia Yannopoulou, Newcastle University Business School, has been published online by the Journal of Business Research. read more

October 2, 2019 0

Brock profs OConnell and Simmons win top national 3M awards

Brock University professors have won two of this year’s 3M National Teaching Fellowships. Considered Canada’s most prestigious prize for teaching excellence at the university level, only 10 are given out nation-wide each year.Tim O’Connell is a Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies, and Nicola Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Education.O’Connell was humbled by the honour, but quickly acknowledged the work of his students, colleagues and Brock’s administration for their contributions to his classroom success.“It really is a group effort,” he said. “I don’t think you can be a good educator without having great people to work with. There are a lot of people behind this.”O’Connell, who joined Brock in 2006, has received significant praise for co-founding the BaseCamp leadership program, where novice students with little experience in outdoor recreation are teamed with senior students for five days of hiking, canoeing and rock climbing that help foster student success and confidence. It’s a model that has been adopted as a best practice by other Canadian universities.Simmons, in the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education, has also made her mark on the country’s educational landscape. She established Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canada, chaired the Educational Developers’ Caucus, and served as vice-president for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Simmons, who began her post-secondary teaching career in 1986, continues to use innovative methods to engage students. Her approach may lead students to rewrite a course reading as a free verse poem, build with Lego in order to consider the connection between theory and practice, or examine the learner experience by participating in a martial arts class.While both winners like to take unconventional approaches in the classroom, they said it’s their campus support systems that allow those innovative methods to succeed.“You can’t teach or lead if there aren’t people willing to come along with you,” Simmons said. She feels the 3M Award also celebrates the trust shown to educators in the classroom.Anna Lathrop, Brock’s Vice-Provost, Teaching, Learning & Student Success praised Simmons and O’Connell for their outstanding contributions to the University.“It’s clearly a reflection of not only their dedication within the classroom, but also how they have enriched the culture of teaching across the Brock campus, thereby contributed to the scholarship of teaching and learning both provincially and nationally,” she said.“I can’t think of two more eminently deserving faculty members.”The selection of two of Brock’s faculty to win this award in a single year clearly demonstrates Brock’s emphasis on teaching excellence and student-centred learning, Lathrop said.“Ensuring a fantastic student experience is a key goal at Brock and great teaching is central to that end,” said Tom Dunk, Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic.O’Connell and Simmons are “keeping Brock’s tradition of pedagogical excellence alive and well,” he said. “We are all extremely proud of them and grateful for their dedication and commitment to their craft.”Since 1989, Brock faculty members have won 11 of the 3M Awards, ranking in the top 5 among all Ontario universities.The 3M National Teaching Fellowship awards will be presented at the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education conference in Halifax in June.The recipients will gather again for five days in Quebec in November to discuss teaching strategies and to potentially champion a project together.“This is just such a gift,” Simmons said, excited to work with her fellow recipients. “It’s a gift rather than an award.”Brock University 3M Fellows2017: Tim O’Connell, Recreation; Nicola Simmons, Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education2010: Zopito Marini, Child and Youth Studies2007: David DiBattista, Psychology2004: Lorne Adams, Physical Education and Kinesiology; John Mitterer, Psychology2003: Maureen Connolly, Sport Management2001: Anna Lathrop, Physical Education2000: Barry Joe, Communications, Popular Culture and Film; Germanic and Slavic Studies.1991: Donald Ursino, Biological Studies1989: Clarke Thomson, Geography read more

October 2, 2019 0